Soccer ends season admirably

With the warm autumn air fading, the Colby Men’s and Women’s soccer teams finished their seasons admirably this past week against Bates College. Hard fought battles by both teams proved that the resilient Mules did not want to end their seasons looking flat.
Coming off a 1-0 loss to Hamilton, the men’s team played confidently against the Bobcats. Colby maintained consistent play on both offense and defense throughout the first half and well into the second half. The sustained even play surprised the then 7-6-1 Bobcats as they were coming off a big win. Strong defense and impressive goalie play by John Pappas ’18 kept the Mules alive and fighting for a huge rivalry win against Bates. Pappas made four great saves over the course of the game.
The back and forth match showcased the even play of these longstanding NESCAC rivals. The momentum shifted between teams, but swayed in favor of Colby for the majority of the game. The Mules managed a 13-10 shot advantage throughout the game. Despite their best efforts, Colby could not coax the ball past Bates senior goaltender Sam Polito. Polito has provided a solid foundation for the Bobcats this year, often adding the necessary support to help Bates edge out evenly-matched opponents. The contest ended 0-0 in a draw. Colby’s tenacity propelled them to a near victory before failing to net a shot. The even defense by both teams overshadowed the respectable offensive efforts. With nearly equal chances, it seemed as though eventually one side would score. Ultimately, it was only a matter of chance that separated the two esteemed opponents in their double overtime match.
The Colby Women’s soccer team played valiantly against an impressive Bates team. The women were hungry for a victory after a defining 2-1 loss to Hamilton last week. Aliza Van Leesten ’17 had been on an offensive tear most of the season until a recent rough patch for the Mules where they scored only a single goal over the course of three games. The women quickly put their recent offensive struggles behind them as Katherine Gillespie ’19 netted a shot in the 18th minute. Shortly after, however, Bates’ Julia Rosen tied the game up in the 37th minute as she strategically placed the ball past Colby goaltender Samantha Rizzo ’19. This late half goal gave Bates momentum, which they utilized for the rest of the game.
Another Bates goal, this time by Karen Lockhart in the 72nd minute, gave them enough of a lead to ensure a victory. The game would end 2-1 in favor of Bates.
This loss wrote a disappointing ending to the women’s season. While this marked the end of their season, it was not without effort as the Mules held a 16-12 shots advantage over the Bobcats. Soccer is a game of opportunities, and the Mules simply failed to capitalize on them as often as the Bobcats.
Even with a tie and a loss in their final outings, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams showed great promise with their efforts this season. The men managed a 3-8-4 record against a difficult schedule full of formidable opponents, but a league record of 1-6-3 placed them at the bottom of the NESCAC. The season had its ups and downs, but the men fought hard behind co-captains Daniel Vogel ’16 and Tim Stanton ’16 alongside their fellow senior Aaron Liu ’16. Talent from the younger players on the team also foreshadows a bright future for Colby Men’s Soccer.
The Colby Women’s soccer team also had an up and down year, finishing the season with a 4-10-1 record and without a win in the NESCAC. Their goals against average (2.10) was the worst in the league, while their goals for (1.5) was in the middle of the pack. Improvement on the defensive side of the ball should yield positive results from the Mules in the future, even without energetic seniors Emma Marjollet ’16, Hannah Twombly ’16, and Lauren McCarthy ’16.

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